Concrete Playground



    Where: 24 Bay St Double Bay
    Opening Hours: Wed-Thu 5pm-Midnight; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am; Sun 3-10pm
    Phone: (02) 8021 4050

    Descend the steps, push open the glass portal and slide below the deck of what could be a luxury liner moored somewhere off the coast of Sardinia.

    The white, warmly lit space of this swanky new lounge is divided into three sections, with a variety of different options for dining and drinking. Get cosy on a leather banquette, or perch at one of the two striking wraparound bars, finished with copper panels and studded rivets – conjuring up the nautical theme. In fact the seafaring imagery is invoked throughout the furnishings and décor, even so far as the uniforms of the crew, sporting their blue and white striped tees.

    Flip open the drinks menu to find a selection of cocktail classics, with a few twists that you can trust, executed by a skilled bar team that have earned their stripes at some of Sydney’s finest drinking holes, such as Shady Pines and Eau de Vie. At $19 a tipple, you’re expecting excellence, and the Pelicano Martini, shaken with passionfruit puree, pomegranate and mint, is downright delicious and (nearly) worth every cent.

    To eat, choose from a variety of Asian-inspired share plates, ranging from the usual suspects such as Peking Duck Pancakes ($14) and Salt and Pepper Squid ($16) to Chilli Beef Buns ($12). Reminiscent of David Chang’s illustrious pork buns, these sweet, bready parcels come as a steamed open sandwich, stuffed with spicy pulled beef, crisp cucumber and shallot, all held in place by tangy hoisin sauce. And as far as dumplings go, the variety on offer here rates pretty high on flavour. Our top picks were the Edamame Dumplings ($10), with coriander and shallot adding a kick to the buttery green puree, and the Crab and Prawn Dim Sims ($14), that were especially fresh and flavoursome.

    Head into the heart of the East for a sophisticated mid-week catch-up with friends or for a night on the town to scope out the bold and the beautiful. Friday and Saturday nights pack out for dinner with a smooth mix of jazz and blues being spun on the decks until late.

    By Lara Zilibowitz



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